Amit Shah takes serious view of MPs absence from Rajya Sabha


After putting off a visit to Tamil Nadu during his ongoing tour programme to strengthen the party organisation, BJP president Amit Shah will be on a three-day tour of the State from August 22-24.

Reports also said that even Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was not at the meeting, was "extremely upset" over the attendence of BJP MPs. Now the government has to bring a new amended bill, which must be passed by the Lok Sabha as well. Around 30 NDA MPs were absent during the passage of a crucial bill.

"The question does not arise", was his reply at a press conference in Lucknow, after he was asked whether he would quit as party president and join the Modi cabinet after entering the Upper House.

BJP president further said that by resolving the issue of One rank one pension (OROP), the party took a major step to boost the morale of Indian army men. According constitutional status to the Commission has been MP Modi's top priority and he had in April slammed Opposition parties for stalling the bill.

Shah disclosed his assets, as required, when filing his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election last week and it revealed that over a period of five years his assets have increased by 300 per cent to Rs 34 crore, the AAP leader said.

Incidentally, the ruling NDA has a strength of 89, if JDU's 10 members are also counted with them. Those absent included Union ministers Vijay Goel, Nirmala Sitharaman, Smriti Irani, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal, MJ Akbar and Ramdas Athawale.

Shah also said that the whole world has now agreed that India is the fastest growing economy, adding that farmers were now getting money directly in their bank accounts. They have also been asked to explain in writing why they were missing from the house when the bill was voted on.

Referring to Bihar incident, Mr Shah said,"BJP did not break any party. It's an utter failure of Arun Jaitley, Leader of the House, and MoS Parliamentary Affairs in not mobilising support for the bill", Singh said. "The dropped clause pertains to the insertion of a new article 338B about the constitution and powers of the National Commission for Backward Classes".

The BJP state leader said the party is planning to contest in all the 60 seats and the final decision in this regard will be taken by the central leadership.